At Least 60 Killed in Bloody Brazil Prison Riot

RIO DE JANEIRO — An attack by members of a crime gang on rival inmates touched off a riot at a prison in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas, leaving at least 60 dead, authorities said. Several of the victims were beheaded or dismembered in the worst bloodshed at a Brazilian prison since 1992. Authorities said […]

Greek ambassador to Brazil killed; widow and 2 men questioned over his murder

Brazilian police are questioning the widow of the Greek ambassador to that country, along with a military police officer described as her lover and another man in the death of the diplomat, authorities said Friday. Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday, Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense state, […]

Full Transcript: Kerry offers 6 principles as a basis for negotiations for two-state solution

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry strongly defended the Obama administration’s policy toward Israel in a speech delivered Wednesday at the State Department in Washington, saying “This is a time to stand up for what is right. We have long known what two-states, living side by side and peace and security looks like. We should […]

George Michael, Pop Superstar, Dies at 53

George Michael, the creamy-voiced English songwriter who sold tens of millions of albums as a member of the duo Wham! and on his own, was found dead on Sunday at his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. He was 53. A police statement said: “Thames Valley Police were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly […]

Obama did muster the courage to push for a Palestinian state and made it his ME legacy

The Obama administration on Friday mustered the courage to allow the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, Israel and some U.S. lawmakers who urged Washington to wield its veto. An abstention by the United States paved the way for the 15-member international […]

UN vote: Will Obama muster the courage to push for the establishment of a Palestinian state?

President-elect Donald Trump warned the Obama administration Thursday against a possible abstention in a key U.N. Security Council vote that would declare illegal all Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory in the West Bank and the mostly Arab East Jerusalem. The resolution, initially scheduled for a 3 p.m. vote, urges Israelis and Palestinians to commit to […]